Marilyn was born on June 13, 1922 in Desloge, Mo., to the late Luther and Bessie Wilson.
On July 5, 1955, she married James A. Ritter, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Ilah Wilson, Golda Eaton, Gladys Ritter and Betty Lanzetta, and a brother, Maurice Wilson.
Always interested in learning, she received a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Southeast Missouri State University while in her 50's. She also had a career as a tow boat cook for Missouri Barge Line on the Mississippi River and later in life became a certified Nurse's Aide and did home nursing care for the elderly. She was a dedicated community volunteer and worked tirelessly for many causes. She worked for the Cape Public Library, KRCU Public Radio, League of Women Voters, American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a volunteer at the VA Clinic. She enjoyed socializing at the Senior Center in Cape Girardeau, where she had many friends.
Marilyn was very dedicated to her church, Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau where she sang in the choir and participated in various church activities. She truly embraced Jesus as her Savior and Lord and believed wholeheartedly that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. She will be missed by her many friends in the congregation and in the community and most of all by her family.
Survivors include one daughter, Lynne Geary and husband, Lanny, of Kennett; one son, James Douglas Ritter, of Cape Girardeau; six grandchildren, Katelyn and Samantha Geary, both of Kennett, Jim, John, Hunter and Connor Ritter, all of Cape Girardeau; special nieces, Jane Fielder, of Springfield, Mo., and Janet Steger, of Cape Girardeau, and other relatives and many friends.
Visitation will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel in Cape Girardeau.
Services will be held at 2 p.m., at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Chapel in Cape Girardeau.
Burial will follow in Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau with Pastor Barry Pfanstiel officiating.
Pallbearers will be James Douglas Ritter, Jim Ritter, John Ritter, Lanny Geary, David Valentine and Harold Meyr.
Memorials may be made to VNA Hospice of Southeast Missouri P.O. Box 768 Kennett, Missouri 63857, Good Shepard Lutheran Chapel 1904 W. Cape Rock Drive, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701 or charity of your choice
Online condolences may be made at www.mcdanielfuneralservice.com
McDaniel Funeral Service of Kennett will be in charge of the arrangements.